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Ruane welcomes extra cash for Youth Services

22 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, today confirmed that an extra £4.6million has been allocated to youth services in the final Budget.

The Minister said:

"I have listened to the concerns expressed in the course of the public consultation on the Draft Budget proposals. I recognise the importance of youth services to our children and young people and I am pleased that the increased final Budget allocations have enabled me to allocate an additional £4.6 million to youth services over the next three years.

"This allocation will enable existing youth services to be delivered while also allowing for the continuation of important work with young people in areas of need across the North of Ireland - areas where young people may not have had opportunities to take part in positive activities that can contribute to their learning and achievement.

"This money will also deliver services to young people who may be marginalised or are currently unable to access mainstream youth services." ENDS

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